Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Somewhere on the island of Hawaii.

Amid black rocks of earth's eruption, she sang.
Her incantation, barely audible to me, was clearly heard
by the wind and the sea.
Back and forth, jumping high they swirled
in joyful response, like a puppy to its master's call.
At least, that's what I thought I saw.

Magically her song infused itself in me,
and I knew
it invoked nature's power -
of rage, fire, destruction.
She asked for the killing
of fear,
the basis of all hate.

Lava flowed, etching the moment
over mountains of my heart
creating ashes of some feelings
that were already dark.

How long were we locked
by the mystery of time?
Ill never know that,
nor the lady of the rocks.

(Submitted to Dverse Poets Open Link Night.)

My husband and I like to explore out-of-the-way places.  We stopped here (while on vacation) to enjoy the sunset.  While I stood (respectfully away) in awe at this woman's private chant, my husband went off to take pictures.   The moment was hypnotic and I could swear the ocean and the wind really did respond to her song. I followed her when she finished to thank her and apologize for my intrusion, but  I didn't catch up to her.  She disappeared.


  1. oh wow..this sounds magical myrna...would've loved to hear her sing...

  2. wow...def magical...and haunting a bit...not in a bad way but you have me captivated....smiles....the death of fear and basis of all hate....does not sound a bad thing at all...smiles.

  3. A magical write, Myrna. Beautiful!

  4. Wow.... I wonder if she was meditating or, if she was practicing/exercising her vocal cords. Amazing thing to be witness to whatever it was. What a shame you never got to catch up with her and will never know. What a lovely write though :)

  5. Wow that must have been quite the haunting experience, like how you weaved it with such magic too, great verse!

  6. That is quite an experience to hear her powerful song ~

    I like that asked for the killing of fear and hate, a prayer we can all share ~

  7. Myrna, this poem awes me. I love the black lava of Hawaii. Nothing like it anywhere I have seen! Seeing this woman must have been an exceptional experience. You wrote it well.

  8. magical indeed

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  9. Beautiful and magical, Myrna......we have that black lava rock on our west coast too.........way cool........and people are moved to sing and dance out of sheer joy at the power of nature's beauty there...........the photo is wonderful, too!!!! Loved this.

  10. Lovely - this reminds me very much of The Idea of Order at Key West by Wallace Stevens. Very cool. k.

  11. Thanks for the beauty of this world, Myrna.

  12. "She asked for the killing
    of fear,
    the basis of all hate." oh Myrna... what can I say... a prayer from your fingers, her lips, to God's ears?

  13. I like how the ending makes me feel.

    "Ill never know that,
    nor the lady of the rocks."

  14. This is lovely, Myrna. How fortunate you and your husband are!